The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Update on Extreme Drought Across South-Central States
Dear Diary. We’ve been concentrating a lot on extreme heat this year. Across the United States most extreme heat exacerbated by climate change was concentrated from the Southwest into the South-Central states. That heat was caused by heat domes, which also negate rainfall. Heat breeds drought, and drought leads to more heat. Here is the current U.S. Drought Moniter Chart:
The states with the worst conditions are Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, which during the summer suffered some of the worst anomalous heat over the summer.
Finally, this fall U.S. heat domes have broken down with historic heatwaves coming to an end, but will current historic drought across the south-central U.S. also come to an end? The good news is that a traditional El Niño pattern spells a lot of wet weather across the southern U.S. We will see a strong El Nino during the winter. The bad news is that climate change may put a monkey wrench into any traditional rainfall patterns. We will see what happens to the current drought during the winter of 2023/2024.
Here is an article from Desdemona Despair describing consequences from dry conditions across Texas:
In Texas, water levels are so low a rarely-seen underwater cave and century-old ruins have appeared – “I haven’t seen the water this low since I moved here. It’s actually kind of sad.” – Desdemona Despair
In Texas, water levels are so low a rarely-seen underwater cave and century-old ruins have appeared – “I haven’t seen the water this low since I moved here. It’s actually kind of sad.”
A bridge and rubble from a previous house that was underwater at Canyon Lake in Texas reappeared in 2023 due to historically low water levels. Photo: JM Perez / CNN
By Amanda Jackson and Zoe Sottile
30 September 2023
(CNN) – Water levels are so low at Canyon Lake in Texas that an underwater cave and remnants of communities that stood more than a century ago at the site are reappearing.
The lake, located in Comal County just northeast of San Antonio, is a man-made lake spanning 8,200 acres with 80 miles of shoreline. It was constructed in 1958 to help mitigate flooding and preserve water and was filled with water by 1968, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The area has experienced little rain over the summer. The drought combined with high heat to produce all-time low water levels. On Wednesday, the level fell to 890.89 feet, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, which the agency said is about 18 feet lower than normal and the lowest recorded level in recent history.
This cave, which is typically underwater at Canyon Lake, appeared as Texas has suffered extreme heat and little rain over the summer of 2023. Photo: JM Perez / CNN
JM Perez captured images on Tuesday showing the cave, which is usually underwater. He said the rare sighting was bittersweet.
“I work on the lake, so I’ve been watching it drop,” he told CNN. “We are a little over 18 feet low now. It is very sad to see it but on the other hand, it is very cool seeing some of the hidden caves. As well the history that is coming to the surface.”
The towns of Hancock and Crane’s Mill, founded by German immigrants in the 1850s, once occupied the space now filled by water, according to CNN affiliate KSAT. Some of Perez’ images show remnants of a house that lay on the lake’s floor. Remnants of the Hancock bridge were also visible.
The water levels seemed to drop precipitously – in images captured by Porsche Devol on September 2, only a small portion of a cave was visible and now photos show a vast entrance with rock formations and stalactites hanging from the ceiling.
“I haven’t seen the water this low since I moved here,” Devol told CNN. “It’s actually kind of sad.” [more]
Here are some “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
European Warm Spell is near ending but today there were still exceptional temperatures in the East (25C in Belarus) and some local records in the Mediterranean.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
In Sardinia Island (Italy) monthly records
32.8C Capo Bellavista pic.twitter.com/7hHkPAC8cb
More record warmth in #Germany with exceptionally warm nights:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
Yesterday several records of highest Min. temperatures for October were broken. (see list courtesy of Michael Theusner).
Tonight even more incredible. TROPICAL NIGHTS in the East but temperatures are dropping now. pic.twitter.com/S4tWrTCVFM
The new National monthly heat record in BELIZE is confirmed:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
11 October 39.7C at Central Farm
FRENCH GUIANA yesterday 38.5C again at Grand Santi, territorial monthly record tied: it was set few days ago
More records yesterday:
HONDURAS: 35 Puerto Lempira
MEXICO:38.8 Rio Verde https://t.co/8c2M4BXnbf
The exceptional warmth in #Siberia is going on:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
Today it was another day reaching 25C (25.0C at Ternej).
More warmth will advance from West to East and this little summer in Southern Siberia will go on for few more days. https://t.co/PhHWha9TPI
After many weeks dominated by thousands of records high temperatures allover the world,one monthly record of lowest temperature was broken:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
On 11 October Maungdaw,Rakhine State,Myanmar dropped to 17.3C beating the 18.5C set on 31 October 1985. pic.twitter.com/glWYhjqaxq
 HISTORIC CARIBBEANS HEAT WAVE— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 13, 2023
Most extreme heat wave in Caribbeans history,specially for the HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURES (for October and many for any month)
BELIZE 30.6C hottest night in Caribbean history
CUBA [Playa Giron] 29.3C
BAHAMAS [Freeport] 29.2C
CAYMAN IS. 29.1C https://t.co/6hAKRtdEaM
After its hottest night,Miami FL today tied its highest October temperature with 95F/35C— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 13, 2023
More Caribbeans Records
37.8 Puerto Barrios
38.2 San Pedro Sula
38.3 St Laurent pic.twitter.com/9RCl7CQUtn
Here is some more brand-new September 2023 climatology:
September 2023 in #Colombia was another record hot month and had temperature anomalies from +1C to +3C above normal.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
It was mostly dry specially in the West.
See temperatures and rainfalls anomalies map courtesy of IDEAM. pic.twitter.com/hawgiW98X6
Here is More Climate and Weather News from Saturday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Couldn't resist making a graph of this. pic.twitter.com/jvMKEoCuHQ— Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf 🌏 🦣 (@rahmstorf) October 14, 2023
When commenting about something outside your field of expertise means you really ought to understand the science and the data. The modern era temperature rise (the blade of the hockey stick) is quite clear in the data and is hardly discredited. @MichaelEMann @curryja https://t.co/S8PfRxRKkM pic.twitter.com/RfNZz9ay1h— Randall Gates (@rgatess) October 14, 2023
When they said flatten the curve, they didn’t mean vertically https://t.co/wRjrJYGYBD— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) October 14, 2023
The ocean is an enormous engine, turning heat energy into motion.— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) October 14, 2023
But climate change is now threatening that machine — depriving the seas of oxygen and disrupting ocean currents, physicist Helen Czerski explains in a new interview.https://t.co/VCXTxSA5yq
Your 'moment of doom' for Oct. 14, 2023 ~ Zeke spills the gobsmacking beans:— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) October 14, 2023
"scientists have long foreseen a possible acceleration of warming if our aerosol emissions declined while our greenhouse gas emissions did not. That’s what we’re now seeing."https://t.co/9IS1NJIO17
According to @NSIDC— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) October 14, 2023
During September 2023,#Arctic #SeaIce coverage averaged 4.4 million sq. km and was the the 5th-smallest September coverage on record.
The #Antarctic had record-low #SeaIce coverage for the 5th consecutive month & averaged 16.8 million sq. km. pic.twitter.com/Tg6WKBcZfC
Exxon memo in 1981 describe effects of fossil fuel induced warming as “catastrophic,” and they did noting to advert disaster but fueled misinformation for decades and today continue to forge ahead with production plan in Permian would more than double to 1.3m barrels oil per day pic.twitter.com/6LB8RJI1aX— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) October 14, 2023
Today’s News on Sustainable, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
“Household energy bills could be higher as a result of the Government’s rollback of net zero policies, its own climate change advisers have said.” https://t.co/FcxSPD4T6I— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) October 14, 2023
‘It was a plague’: Killarney becomes first Irish town to ban single-use coffee cups https://t.co/C9dfRlcFpe— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) October 14, 2023
"It is extremely disappointing to see the Biden administration provide funds for hydrogen hubs which will be based on fossil fuels," Cornell University ecology professor Robert Howarth told Newsweek.https://t.co/3XKUgMB6x0— Robert Howarth (@howarth_cornell) October 14, 2023
More from the Weather Department:
More on the Environment:
More than 150,000 people are calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Fisheries Service to fully restore the Endangered Species Act. The Act turns 50 this year and is one of our best tools to fight the biodiversity crisis. https://t.co/wvPfwMKbZS— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) October 14, 2023
NATURE IS DWINDLING: A diverse set of mammals once roamed the planet. This changed dramatically with the arrival of humans. Since then, wild land mammal biomass has declined by ~ 85%. Humans & their livestock are now dominant. pic.twitter.com/ibKjivVNQ2— Dr. William J. Ripple (@WilliamJRipple) October 14, 2023
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
This is awesome! Check out this @NOAA’s #GOESEast satellite imagery as the shadow of the eclipse travels across the Americas. Approximately 10 minutes to reach the peak (~60% covered at 1:25 pm) in our area! 🌞😎 pic.twitter.com/pNlHsbZN8q— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) October 14, 2023
Giraffe trying to help its little friend go faster..🐢🦒😅 pic.twitter.com/EY4LnqHeCN— 𝕐o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) October 13, 2023